No Olympic Games is ever without its troubles or controversies, and hosting the Games is never cheap. Given what's happened in Rio, however, it's clear that Olympic organizers are realizing they need to be much smarter about which cities they pick to play host: While it's an incredible honor and source of pride for the countries picked, it can also be a tremendous financial and logistical burden, too.
Horiguchi and Inamori's approach to doing business could be a lesson for anyone in any industry: make money but make your employees, and the greater society, better for it.
Japan is a market that offers Airbnb a chance to provide a model working relationship for other destinations facing lodging and housing crunches.
It is a delight to witness a hotel arrival that hums with quiet efficiency and professionalism
Sensible flights to an airport near Tokyo will likely have a bigger impact on business travel than people would assume.
We agree that Tokyo should loosen up restrictions for the Olympics, but we'll also argue from personal experience that there are multiple options available for both affordable hotels and short-term, legal rentals in the city during non-peak times. Airbnb shouldn't use 2020 to weaken rules that improve the quality of life for many residents.
When the Olympics is your economy's bright spot, you know you have work to do. Japan needs to sell itself better to tourist, as well as convert visitors into immigrants that fill in gaps in the Japanese economy.
We long for the days when you could count on the Olympics and World Cup to inspire with compelling design. The latest entrants have seemed more like chain restaurant rejects than icons.
Japan needs its tourism board to stop being so bureaucratic and political and turn this into a marketing opportunity worthy of one of the world's best cities.
Any airline flying into Tokyo would prefer Haneda, so it's easy to see why Delta is fighting.